Cincinnati--The University of Cincinnati (UC) Medical Center is one
of 250 Ohio organizations that have contributed images of historical
documents and artifacts for the Ohio Memory Online Scrapbook, which was
officially opened by Hope Taft, First Lady of Ohio, at a ceremony at
the Ohio Statehouse on March 26. More than a century of Ohio history
can be found in the scrapbook, located online at http://www.ohiomemory.org.
Ohio Memory Online Scrapbook is a project coordinated by the Ohio
Historical Society that presents items on the Web, dating from
prehistory to 1903, including letters, diaries, historical photographs,
clothing, furniture, prehistoric artifacts and government records. The
collections document important milestones in history, such as the
signing of the Treaty of Greenville and the Wright Brothers' first
flight. Other collections, such as prehistoric artifacts, handmade
quilts and family letters offer glimpses into the everyday lives of
past generations of Ohioans.
"We feel honored to be a part of
this unique project," said Billie Broaddus, director of the Cincinnati
Medical Heritage Center, where the artifacts reside. "Ohio has had a
rich history and a profound impact on innovation in this country. With
three colleges established in the 1800s, the Medical Center is proud to
be a part of that heritage. This project illuminates Ohio's history
with more than 9,000 pages and images and allows the public to view
remarkable representations of Ohio history 24 hours a day, seven days a
The Medical Center has provided 68 images, with more to
come, of items including a portrait of Daniel Drake, founder of the
College of Medicine, Drake's diploma dating from 1805, the manuscript
of Drake's speech "On the Formation of Professional Character," and
Civil War medical drawings by Daniel S. Young.
Visitors to the
electronic scrapbook can search for specific information by subject,
contributing organization and geographic area. The electronic scrapbook
is organized into five categories for easy navigation: Ohio
citizenship, economy, people, culture, and environment.
250 organizations submitted their historical treasures to be digitized
and included in the online scrapbook. Groups included 29 special
archives and libraries, 28 academic archives and libraries, 80
historical societies, 46 museums and 73 public libraries.
mission of the Ohio Memory Project is to provide access to the
historical treasures of Ohio, bringing together primary sources from
all parts of the state," said Ohio Historical Society Executive
Director Gary C. Ness. Ohio Memory is loosely based on the Library of
Congress' American Memory Project, a long-term digitization project
combining that institution's collections with those of other
repositories throughout the U.S. The Ohio Historical Society created The African-American Experience in Ohio, 1850 -1920 for the American Memory Project.
the Ohio Historical Society coordinates Ohio Memory, the project is a
collaborative effort involving the support of five other statewide
organizations. In 2000, OPLIN, the Ohio Public Library Information
Network, awarded $500,000 to the Ohio Historical Society to launch the
project. OhioLINK, the library consortium of Ohio's colleges and
universities, hosts the online scrapbook on its servers. The Ohio
Library Council and INFOhio, the Information Network for Ohio Schools,
helped to inform Ohio's librarians and teachers about the project. The
Executive Committee of the Ohio Bicentennial Commission recently
recommended awarding a $50,000 legacy grant for the Ohio Memory
Project. The Society will add collections to the online scrapbook
regularly and hopes to secure additional funding so that more
historical materials, in particular those created after 1903, can be
made available through the Ohio Memory Online Scrapbook.